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Posted October 8, 2018

Installing SQL Server 2019 CTP 2.0

By Greg Larsen

On September 24 Microsoft announced the release of SQL Server 2019 Community Technical Preview (CTP) 2.0.   I think it is good for database professionals to stay current with technology, so I decided to get my feet wet with SQL Server 2019 and installed this new CTP from Microsoft.  In this article I will show you the three steps I took to install and initially test SQL Server 2019 CTP 2.0 on a virtual machine running Windows Server 2016.

Step 1: Obtain the Installation Media

The first thing I did is follow this link to start the process of obtaining the bits for SQL Server 2019 CTP 2.0:


When I bring up this page in Internet Explorer on my VM machine I get this screen: 

Install SQL Server 2019 on Windows, Linux, and containers
Install SQL Server 2019 on Windows, Linux, and containers

As you can see, I have four different choices for the target operation environments I could use for SQL Server 2019.  As already stated,  I would be installing my instance of SQL Server 2019 on a Window Server 2016 installation, so I picked the “Windows” installation setup from the above options. 

When I clicked on the link in the Windows installation type, the following screen was displayed: 

Preview SQL Server 2019 for Windows
Preview SQL Server 2019 for Windows

By clicking on the “Preview SQL Server 2019 for Windows” link above,  I am taken to the evaluation center for product family SQL Server 2019 CTP.   In order to get the 180-day evaluation edition of SQL Server 2019, I had to provide name, email address, phone number, etc.    

Once I provided all my personal information I was then prompted to run or save the following exe file: SQLServerVNext-SSEI-Eval.exe.  I saved it to my VM machine.  I then executed SQLServerVNext-SSEI-Eval.exe, which then prompted me to select one of the following installation types:

Select an Installation Type
Select an Installation Type

As you can see there are three different installation types I could use:  Basic, Custom, and Download Media.   I decided I just wanted to download the media, so I clicked on the “Download Media” option.  When the download process starts the following page is displayed:

Specify SQL Server Installer Download
Specify SQL Server Installer Download

On this screen I can select my language, the kind of package I would like to download (ISO or CAB), and the location where I want to store the installation image.  I just took the defaults and clicked on the “Download” button.   This started the download process and displays the following downloading media progress screen:

Downloading Media Progress Screen
Downloading Media Progress Screen

Once the download completed I got the following successful download screen:

Successful Download Screen 
Successful Download Screen

By reviewing my download location, I can see the following ISO  image got downloaded: SQLServerVnextCTP2-x64-ENU.iso.

Now that my SQL Server Installation ISO file is available, I can move on to the installation step for SQL Server 2019 CTP 2.0.

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